East Orange, NJ: On December 1st, 2019, Dorson Community Foundation completed its annual Feed the Homeless Initiative where Dorson Board Members, Dorson scholars and volunteers distributed warm Thanksgiving meals to several homeless shelters in East Orange and at the Newark Penn Station.
On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, for about 20 years, the Foundation has provided Thanksgiving meals to the homeless in Essex County. Each year, thanks to donations from Dorson supporters, Chair and Founder -- Sonia Scott, has prepared meals for around 200 homeless. Alongside her, volunteers rallied to package and distribute meals to local homeless shelters and Newark Penn Station. Each meal had the typical Thanksgiving serving of turkey, ham, mac and cheese, sweet potato and more.
This year, with the help of the students of the Dorson Scholars Program, the Foundation distributed 189 meals. To increase community engagement, Dorson Scholars are required to participate in community projects such as the Feed the Homeless Initiative. Throughout the project, students were eager to give back to their community and to share in Scott’s vision. “It’s exciting to get the students involved in such an important community service project,” says Scott. “A project such as the Feed the Homeless Initiative helps our students become leaders in their communities and teaches them the value in serving those who are less fortunate.”
Dorson Community Foundation and its students were excited to complete another successful Feed the Homeless project. They wish to extend their gratitude and appreciation to those who offered a donation and support to the 2019 Feed the Homeless Initiative.
Learn more about the Feed the Homeless Program, click here.